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Guan Yu from Romance of the Three Kingdoms

  • Description

    In Beijing opera, each character has special make-up designed to visualize his or her characteristics. For example, the mask of Guan Yu is usually painted in red to symbolize his loyalty and righteousness. The masks for the same character may vary in different stories. Zhang Fei often wears a black mask to show his masculine appearance, but in this papercut he is painted with a funny face to amuse the audience during a comedy performance.

  • Details

    Shanxi Guangling Folk Papercuts
    Associated place
    AsiaChinaShanxi province Guangling (place of creation)
    Zhang Minjin (c. 1915 - 1990s)
    Associated people
    Guan Yu (died AD 219) (subject)
    Material and technique
    dye on cut xuan paper
    17 x 12 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by John Gittings, 2008.
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